Obama's Not Wrong About Your Tires

| August 1, 2008 | Reply

Ken Shepherd over at Newsbusters is taking Barack Obama to task for a recent statement he made about how folks could save some gasoline.

“There are things you can do individually, though, to save energy,” Obama said. “Making sure your tires are properly inflated – simple thing. But we could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling – if everybody was just inflating their tires? And getting regular tune-ups? You’d actually save just as much!”

As it happens, I ran the numbers on properly-inflated tires last year and the numbers, I think, are interesting. According to the EPA, we waste 3.5 million gallons of gasoline every day because of tires that aren’t properly inflated. If you follow my link, you’ll see that by my calculations, we could save enough gasoline to keep us from buying oil from countries we’d rather not buy from for almost all of the month of January. That’s a considerable savings. If you take Shepherd’s numbers, the savings is even greater, as it’s well over mine and would extend well into February.

I don’t see Obama’s statement as all that outlandish. I think it’s foolish to deny us the resources we have readily available to us. I think he could put his entire energy policy on the back of a cocktail napkin with plenty of room for his foreign policy left over. But I don’t think it’s bad to remind people that there is a very simple way to use less gasoline and save a few bucks.

It’s not necessarily something I want my President doing, but since Obama’s liberal politics pretty much locks him into being everyone’s nanny, it’s something he’s going to do. It’s the way the left sees the role of President, not as leader and executive but as Big Daddy Who Makes Everything Better in the End. In that role, his advice is actually good advice. It’s wrapped around a frivolous and mostly hollow policy and the policy is what we conservatives should be dinging him on, not the god advice he gives alongside it.

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